Asthma and COVID-19

Having asthma may put you at a higher risk of serious illness if you get COVID-19 (coronavirus). You need to take extra care to protect yourself.

Follow the advice for people who may be at higher risk from COVID-19

Take your asthma medicine as prescribed. Do not stop taking any medicines unless your GP tells you to.

You should have an asthma action plan.

If you do not have one:

If you get COVID-19

You can usually treat symptoms of COVID-19 at home. But some people may need to be admitted to hospital. This decision will be made with your GP.

It will depend on your:

  • symptoms
  • home situation
  • asthma condition
  • risk of spreading COVID-19

If you are being treated at home, continue to take all your inhalers as normal. Your GP may add steroids if you need them.

Be ready to deal with an asthma attack in case you have one.

When to get medical help and hospital treatment for COVID-19


If you are already taking steroids, continue to take them.

This includes:

  • inhalers (preventer inhalers)
  • nasal sprays or drops
  • eye drops
  • ear drops
  • creams

Taking your preventer inhaler will decrease your risk of having an asthma attack. It will also reduce your respiratory symptoms.

Looking after your mental health

It is difficult living with asthma during the current uncertainty.

Read advice about minding your mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic

Read about dealing with fake health information

Last updated: 23 December 2021 at 9.30am

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